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Around 11 at night, some villagers reportedly experienced stomach pain, and complained of diarrhoea and vomiting.

800 villagers hospitalised for suspected food poisoning in VisakhapatnamImage for representation
news Health Tuesday, January 03, 2017 - 09:41

Nearly 800 villagers in the limit of K Kotapadu mandal in Visakhapatnam were hospitalised on Sunday night for suspected food poisoning after consuming food at a ‘coming of age’ ceremony at Marrivalasa in the district.

District Medical and Health Officer Dr. J Sarojini informed that about 2,000 people from surrounding villages like Pathavalasa, Kothabhoomi, Srungavaram and others, had lunch at Gokada Govinda's house on Sunday, and 800 of them fell sick after consuming non-vegetarian food at the ceremony.

Around 11 at night, some villagers reportedly experienced stomach pain, and complained of diarrhoea and vomiting.

DMHO told The Hindu that around 500 of them were taken to the Public Health Centre, while another 300 were treated at a makeshift camp in K Kotapadu.

It was reported that five doctors and 15 paramedic staff have seen sent to the medical camps with 3,000 IV fluids and medicines for the patients.

On Monday, all the patients except 30 villagers in K Kotapadu and four in Marrivalasa, were discharged.

“We asked the food safety officials to collect the samples of water sachets as well as food items that were served at the lunch. Majority of patients received treatment on an outpatient basis. There were no serious cases and there is nothing to worry. All these symptoms were primary in nature and just required simple outpatient treatment,” DMHO told the Deccan Chronicle.

Chodavaram Circle Inspector B Murali said that the result of the sampling report is expected to arrive in three days and based on that further action will be taken. 

 

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